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Easier solution: At-home saliva testing kits from Costco can now be used by people intending to travel to Bermuda from the US.
Glenn Jones (File photograph)

Travellers to Bermuda will now be able to use an at-home self-testing kit in order to come to the Island.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority has teamed up with US pharmacy chain Costco to provide the PCR saliva Covid-19 tests.

Customers of the retail giant will be able to buy the test kits online immediately and at stores across the US later this month.

The tests have been approved under Bermuda’s rigorous travel protocols.

Bermuda is the first non-US destination to partner with Costco in this way, and it represents the first time that visitors and returning residents to the island will have easy, nationwide access to pre-travel PCR screening.

For travellers to Bermuda, the test must be administered with the included virtual observation of sample collection. The samples must still be lab-tested but results will be delivered within the five days required to travel to Bermuda.

BTA interim CEO Glenn Jones said last night: “We believe this marks a major step forward in facilitating access to pre-travel testing required for Bermuda visitors – it will be offered across the US, including major markets with direct air service to the island.

“By making pre-arrival tests widely accessible, we hope this also encourages more returning residents to take a test before flying to reduce risk and strengthen Bermuda’s health and safety record.”

The scheme was also praised by Kim Wilson, the health minister, who described it as “fantastic news for visitors and returning residents alike”.

Costco Wholesale is the third-largest global retailer, with warehouse club operations in a dozen countries. The chain also operates 536 pharmacies across the US.

To read the full BTA statement, see Related Media

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Published December 10, 2020 at 9:30 am (Updated December 10, 2020 at 9:29 am)

Visitors can now use at-home tests to travel to Bermuda

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